Tag Archives: crop disease

JIC training to help scientists fight disease-causing bacteria

JIC training to help scientists fight disease-causing bacteria

Scientists from around the world will benefit from five days’ training at the John Innes Centre on bacteria that cause disease in economically important crops including maize, potato and apple. They will learn the complex techniques required to stitch together the genomes of phytoplasmas. Phytoplasmas are a class of bacteria able to modify their plant [...]

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Structural biology clues to the success of plant diseases

Dr Mark Banfield and his group, in collaboration with scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory and the University of East Anglia on the Norwich Research Park, have deciphered the structures of protein molecules used by some of the most destructive plant pathogens to promote host infection. In doing so, they uncovered common features of these proteins [...]

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Plant scientists to explore genetics to halt spread of crop diseases

New and more virulent crop diseases are predicted to emerge as a result of climate change. Scientists from the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory on Norwich Research Park are at the front line of fundamental research to understand the impact of temperature on pathogens, plants and how they interact. They will mine genetic [...]

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Eyespot breakthrough welcomed

Eyespot breakthrough welcomed

John Innes Centre researchers are working with plant breeders to understand more about the economically important fungal disease, eyespot and identify novel sources of genetic resistance to the disease that could be used to protect our cereal crops. Eyespot is a fungal disease of cereals, affecting the stem base and causing large yield losses, making [...]

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Research Medal for John Innes Centre Scientist

Research Medal for John Innes Centre Scientist

Professor James Brown of the John Innes Centre, an Institute of the BBSRC, has been awarded the Royal Agricultural Society of England Research Medal in recognition of his work to combat cereal diseases.  The Research Medal is presented for work of outstanding merit carried out in the UK, which is proven or likely to be [...]

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Wheat genome project to underpin food security

Wheat genome project to underpin food security

UK scientists have been awarded £1.7 million to analyse the genomes of five varieties of wheat, in order to help farmers increase the yield and disease resistance of British wheat varieties. Bread wheat, with an estimated world harvest of more than 550 million tonnes, is one of the most important food crops in the world [...]

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